Strategic Manager (30 hours)

Home-Start east Highland

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Job Title: Home-Start East Highland Strategic Manager

Employer: Home-Start East Highland, Morrich House, 20 Davidson Drive, Invergordon, IV18 0SA

Hours of work: 30 hours/week

Responsible to: The designated line manager from the Home-Start Board of Trustees

Responsible for: All paid members of staff

Purposes of the job

To hold responsibility for maintaining an overview of the scheme

To ensure the effective day to day management of the scheme in accordance with the Home-Start Memorandum & Articles of Association; the Home-Start Standards & Methods of Practice, Home-Start Agreement and Quality Assurance Standards.

To hold overall responsibility for budgeting and financial management.

To ensure the scheme maintains high standards of practice in supporting families within the Home-Start model

To ensure equality of opportunity, fairness and diversity in all aspects of the scheme’s work.

To ensure good safeguarding practice in all aspects of the scheme’s work

To take responsibility for providing leadership and management to the staff team.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Managing the Scheme

Taking responsibility for the day to day management of the scheme.

Reporting to and supporting the Board of Trustees to ensure the effective strategic management, development and future funding of the scheme.

Ensuring all Home-Start policies and procedures are implemented and reviewed.

Ensuring effective administration, monitoring and financial systems are in place.

Managing and preparing the Scheme budgets, whilst maintaining an understanding of all financial systems.

Managing the operational work and deploying the scheme’s staffing and financial resources in the most effective way.

Supporting the trustees to ensure that bids or tenders submitted are adequately costed and risk assessed; and that contracts or SLAs are delivered and targets met.

Supporting the Board of Trustees in the recruitment, selection, induction, management and deployment of co-ordinators and other paid employees.

Leading the staff team and ensuring all employees receive effective supervision, direction and opportunities for development.

Promoting the work of the scheme externally.

Contributing to and supporting the development of the Home-Start network locally, regionally and nationally.

Home-Start is committed to safer recruitment practice as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.

·         Leading the staff team and ensuring all employees receive effective supervision, direction and opportunities for development.

·         Promoting the work of the scheme externally.

·         Contributing to and supporting the development of the Home-Start network locally, regionally, and nationally.

Support for families

Maintaining an overview of the work with families from co-ordinating and gaining information from front-line staff. This post has very limited contact with the families which use the service.

Ensuring support to families is of a high standard, in accordance with Home-Start’s model, policies and procedures.

To undertake the Strategic Lead role on safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare.

Managing Volunteers

Ensuring the scheme maintains an effective team of volunteers.

Ensuring the scheme’s policies and procedures are fully implemented in all aspects of working with volunteers including their recruitment, selection, preparation, support and supervision.

Ensuring that the Home-Start preparation course is delivered in full and to a high standard to all prospective volunteers.

Working in Partnership

Ensuring appropriate liaison and communication with referrers and other professionals.

Networking appropriately within the community.

Contributing to local policy and community development as appropriate.

The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties that fall within the nature of the role and responsibilities of the post as detailed above.

Any substantial or major changes will be negotiated.

The post-holder must have a relevant qualification or be willing to work toward achieving the qualification.

Home-Start East Highland provides practical and emotional support to parents with young children living in and around Inverness, Nairn and Easter Ross, building on the premise that all children need a happy and secure childhood to achieve the best start in life.

Home-Start East Highland is looking for a forward thinking and enthusiastic individual to manage our team of staff and volunteers during an exciting expansion of our Service. The successful candidate should have knowledge of family needs, particularly those pertaining to young children. Management and financial experience is essential whilst demonstrating the provision of a quality service.

Based between Invergordon and Inverness, the successful candidate may be required to work both evenings and weekends, and should have access to a vehicle, for which expenses should be paid. This post is subject to successful PVG checks.

Closing Date for applications: 5pm FRIDAY 8st December 2017

Interviews will be held week beginning 8th January 2018.

Application pack available from

For informal discussion email with your contact details and Sue (chairperson) will phone you.

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